In a time when the need for and the relevance of the Gospel has seldom been greater, the relevance of the church has seldom been less. The Shaping of Things to Come explores why the church needs to rebuild itself from the bottom up. Frost and Hirsch present a clear understanding of how the church can change to face the unique challenges of the twenty-first century. This missional classic has been thoroughly revised and updated.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Revised and Updated Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.16(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.78(d)|
About the Author
Michael Frost is professor of evangelism and missions at Morling College in Sydney, Australia, and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Exiles and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come. He lives in Australia.
Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, cofounder of Shapevine.com, and leader of Future Travelers. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.
Table of Contents
You Must Read This Bit First 9
Part 1 The Shape We're In
1 Evolution or Revolution? 15
2 The Missional Church 33
Part 2 Incarnational Ecclesiology
3 The Incarnational Approach 53
4 The Shape of the Missional Church 83
5 The Contextualized Church 101
6 Whispering to the Soul 123
Part 3 Messianic Spirituality
7 The God of Israel and the Renewal of Christianity 141
8 Action as Sacrament 169
9 The Medium Really Is the Message 183
Part 4 Apostolic Leadership
10 The Genius of APEST 205
11 Imagination and the Leadership Task 225
12 Organizing the Revolution 247
Additional Resources 279
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you work in the institutional church, this book will make you very uncomfortable. It's difficult news to take in, and an uncomfortable conversation to have. Like when the doctor tells you that you have cancer but it's operable. The prognosis is bad, but there is a way forward. There is hope.